Magnus amends lawsuit against Crish

By Greg Sowinski -

Sam Crish

Sam Crish

LIMA — Former Lima City Councilman Ray Magnus amended his lawsuit Monday against Sheriff Sam Crish to name Allen County and Crish’s sister.

Magnus filed the amended lawsuit in Allen County Common Pleas Court seeking the same $102,000 he said he let Crish borrow the first time he filed the lawsuit in September. He said Crish has not paid him back.

Magnus, however, said Crish, as alleged in two other similar lawsuits filed by other people, told him he needed to the money for a police dog training program at the Sheriff’s Office, which is the reason he included the county.

“Defendant used his capacity as sheriff to induce the plaintiff to make the loan and further insure Plaintiff that the loan would be paid off,” according to the lawsuit.

Magnus said Crish borrowed $100,000 on Jan. 2, 2013, and made payments until July then asked Magnus to borrow $102,000, which Magnus let him borrow. Magnus said Crish was the owner of property in Logan County on Dec. 11, 2012, and could use that property to secure the loan, according to the lawsuit.

Magnus further said Crish fraudulently transferred the property on Dec. 18, 2012, to Linda Crish, who lives in Chicago, who Magnus said is Crish’s sister, according to the lawsuit.

Crish’s last day in office will be Tuesday although he rarely has been at the Sheriff’s Office since an FBI raid in September. Crish turned in his resignation earlier this month. Allen County commissioners were expected to name Wednesday an interim sheriff until the Allen County Republican Party can choose a replacement. Crish’s resignation came after the bonding company that holds his bonds informed the county his bonds were being canceled. He is required to hold bonds to be sheriff.

Meanwhile, the FBI investigation against Crish continues. The FBI hasn’t said anything since agents raided Crish’s office in September.

Crish was re-elected in November as the only person on the ballot. He was first elected in 2008.

Besides the three lawsuits, convicted drug dealer Demond Liles accused Crish of setting him up to get out of paying a $20,000 loan he made to Crish. Liles used it to launch another appeal that was unsuccessful.

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By Greg Sowinski

Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.

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